Cape Town - American Kelly Slater, 11-time world surfing champion, has consoled Australian rival Mick Fanning after his harrowing incident in the final of the J-Bay Open, drawing him into an embrace.
Fanning, taking on compatriot Julian Wilson in the final, had a close encounter with a Great White shark on Sunday.
"Now I've seen it all," Slater said following the attack.
"I was coming up the beach and I saw all the boats and skis go straight to the line-up.
"I knew there was only one possible reason that would ever happen in a contest and that's if someone got attacked by a shark.
"I ran up the beach trying to get some information. I'm halfway between crying and laughing because he (Fanning) got so lucky. I'm lost for words to be honest. We almost just watched our friend get eaten by a shark and I'm just blown away that there's no damage at all."
Slater took to Instagram to further express his delight that all ended well, posting of picture of the two champion surfers embracing.
Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark during the J-Bay Open, managing to punch and kick it away (World Surf League)